Live performance fires the imagination.
It uplifts and connects people like nothing else. That’s why we bring extraordinary events to unexpected places – town centres, village squares, beaches and hilltops – and everyone’s invited.
Whatever your background or experience, we’re here to help creatives in performing arts make the most inspiring work they can.
We're here to help you make the connections you need and find your professional community
Creatives at work
See how we've helped others navigate the unique challenges of making theatre, dance, outdoor or site-specific performances.
We provide sources of information on all aspects of creating live performance, including funding opportunities and jobs.
We'll give practical advice, moral support, and help you reach your potential.
Inside Out Dorset 2023 dazzles audiences across the region
Thousands experience unique performances and installations at five remarkable Dorset locations.
We focus on bringing people together and creating opportunities. At the heart of what we do is a belief that performing arts should be accessible for all – no matter what your experience or background. We believe that diversity of thought, belief or background can enrich experiences for us all.
We believe in creating moments that touch hearts and minds – and you can help us do that. Each year Activate offers thousands of people the chance to experience high quality performing arts. Whilst we receive core funding from Arts Council England, Dorset Council and BCP Council, as a charity we also rely on donations.